Kathy Gyngell: Scenting Tory blood, the BBC crank up the anti-Brexit propaganda

The BBC have always had a keen nose for Tory weakness. And how they took advantage last week. If you thought the volume of their anti-Brexit coverage couldn’t be ratcheted up further, then you were mistaken.

It was an anti-Brexit ‘field week’ for the BBC, from the opening round of the Brexit talks (the obvious bonhomie between David Davis and Michel Barnier notwithstanding), to the referendum anniversary (more complaining from the gravy train Brussels Brits) through to Mrs May’s generous EU citizens proposal. Not that you’d have known from the Beeb’s negative coverage.

Each day and every day, starting with Farming Today’s five part ‘migrant special’, of which more later, through the Today programme, onto The World at One and right up to Newsnight, arose a relentless mélange of misreporting, schadenfreude, and contempt. The gloves were well and truly off

So fed up was Andrea Leadsom by the time it came to her turn to be hectored and constantly interrupted in a one-to-one with Emily Maitlis, the Rosa Klebb of Newsnight, that she exclaimed, “It would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a bit patriotic”.

She was trying to explain the generosity of Mrs May’s UK-based EU citizen offer, but the antagonistic Emily was having none of it.

Who could not sympathise with Andrea’s frustration?  But it is a pity she didn’t retort, “It would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a less (totally) biased”. As it was her ‘miss-speech’ was happily picked on by the BBC.

“Are you saying I am unpatriotic?” Maitlis demanded, while the BBC’s self-important World Affairs Editor John Simpson took to Twitter: ‘Depressing to hear @andrealeadsom echoing the Soviet view of broadcasting…” .

This is the virtuous know-all, emboldened by his lifetime, license fee financed, BBC sinecure, who had just the day before let fly with an anti-Brexit tirade made all the more amusing by his straight-faced denial of partiality.

The year since the referendum, he’d told Nick Robinson, had been:  "The worst year for Britain in my lifetime”, worse than 1944 which saw “…V1, V2 rockets crashing down on British cities”, worse than 1956 “…the year of Suez, the year in which Britain really ceased to be a world power”, worse than 1972 (which was)… a particularly bad year, with Bloody Sunday and the IRA attacks” and so on.

In full doom and gloom mode, he moaned that:

“… we’ve got everything, we’ve got utterly weak government, we have got a time when the  . . . Governor of the Bank of England is warning that Brexit is going to make us poorer, we don’t know where we’re going to be in a year, two years’ time. And, and on top of all that, we have these dreadful incidents, the bombings sure, but that doesn’t send to shake us so much, but . . .     . . . there’s the terrible business of the Grenfell flats . . .”

A portent from God clearly to punish us for our foolishness over Brexit.

Even Nick Robinson was impelled to say,  “ I can hear someone at the Daily Mail being commissioned now to say, ‘BBC Remoaner John Simpson whinges about Brexit instead of saying what a great dawn, a new dawn it is.’

“Well”, replied our heavy weight BBC correspondent without a bat of his eyelid: “I don’t think anybody would know whether I was a Brexiteer or, or not. And, actually, to be really honest, Nick, and I bet it’s the same with you, I can see both sides of the coin. But the fact is we don’t know where we’re going to be, and it’s that uncertainty, regarding that maybe, there may be wonderful sunny uplands just ahead of others, but at the moment it’s a bad time and it was ushered in by the dreadful murder of Jo Cox with that awful man shouting out ‘This is for Britain, Britain will always come first’ . . ."

You couldn’t make it up. Over to you Rod Liddle.

If anything smells ‘Soviet’ about British politics, an experienced journalist should see it is not blowing from Mrs Leadsom’s direction. Not that anyone in the BBC seems to have noticed. Even Jo Coburn appears to think that the threat comes from real liberals like Douglas Murray, who last Monday she categorised as a ‘far right’ commentator, countenancing a demand from representative of the Muslim Council that he be banned from the BBC.

Instead the BBC chooses to ignore two very real threats – the implacable rise of the Trotskyite, prone to violence, extreme left, under the not so benign guidance of Messrs Corbyn and McDonnell and the open anti-Semitic ‘extremism’ on display at Al-Quds day march – London's real 24 hours of hate.

Such bias by omission is at least as dangerous as fake news. And this is exactly what the BBC did with the other big news story the week - buried it. The sharpest UK population growth figures, after record migration levels of 538,000 in just one year, taking the country's population to 65,648,000, was allocated just 24 to 28 seconds in the day’s bulletins.

Finally, to push the penny home on the folly of Brexit, the BBC commissioned a survey among soft berry producers, which they used all week to highlight yet another perceived raft of problems relating to Brexit – the terrible migrant shortages hurting fruit farmers. The sub-text (indeed the overt text) of the various Farming Today follow ups was that the free movement of people must continue. Of course!

Yet, guess what, there was another way of looking at the figures – at complete variance to the alarmist headlines. Only 3 per cent of the farmers questioned clearly said they had many fewer labourers than required (18 per cent said slightly fewer, 32 per cent weren’t sure and 42 per cent had ‘just enough').

As Ian Rushlow commented on isthebbcbiased website on June 22nd, this was ‘a classic BBC hatchet job driven by a misleading headline: Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages'.

“Yep.” Ian wrote:  "Britain – which never had strawberries or other fresh fruits or vegetables in the past – may have to go without again. Problem is a shortage of migrant workers, due of course to Brexit and the uncertainties surrounding it. However, read the actual numbers in the survey – commissioned by the BBC itself – and it tells quite a different story. It works out that 75 per cent of the surveyed farmers said that they had enough workers or did not know, which creates a slightly different impression. Only 21 per cent said they didn’t have enough migrant workers."

So why did the BBC latch onto soft fruit farmers? Surely not deliberately to distort the ‘news’ (of their own making) to make Brexit look difficult – the day after the Queen’s Speech? Never!

Kathy Gyngell

  • Sheik Rhat el Anrhol

    The BBC normally gets its predictions wrong, rather like the Meteorological Office.

    My guess is that Mrs May will remain in place for the protection of stability and she will be supported and advised properly now the two horrors are gone. Spreadsheet Phil will not become interim Prime Minister since he is loathed both inside and outside the Government – and few will forget his budget triumph.

    It will take at least a year until the electorate sniffs that Brexit is still on course and the economy is improving and the recent horrors fade.

    By that time, a plan will have evolved to address the serious challenge of the naive younger voters.

    The members do not want to lose their seats and cabinet ministers do not want to lose their concomitant salaries. You get used to high salaries remarkably quickly and this concentrates the mind.

    Heffer gets it right on all this today. He is worth reading.

    • Jolly Roger

      It’s not a disaster – yet.

      But it has all the potential to become one.

      Even a transitional arrangement would be technically difficult. Barnier felt it necessary to express his exasperation again at the British not being clear about what they want.

  • Colkitto03

    Well said,
    Britain is experiencing an exports boom at the moment. In the last year exports to the EU alone rose by 16% Exports to the rest of the world were even higher. Our trade deficit is plummeting.
    The ONS published these figures about 10 days ago.

    I would love to hear if anyone heard this good news story on the BBC?

  • James Chilton

    Years ago, when the Church of England actually stood for something, there used to be talk about “disestablishing” it in order to avoid its eternal Christian message being contaminated with transient politics.

    Something similar is required at the BBC. It needs to be abolished in its present form as a public institution, and then relaunched as a private subscription service. That’s the only way it can be prevented from using licence payer’s money to fund its progressive propaganda.

    • Shazza

      Surely the BBC with its rampant, obvious, admitted Left wing pro Corbyn/Labour and rabid anti T May/Conservative is in breach of its Charter?

      Surely it is time for the Government to grow a spine and launch some sort of ‘judge led enquiry’? I believe the DUP would like to abolish the licence fee – timing could not be better.

      The sooner we say RIP BBC the better.

      • James Chilton

        When challenged about its conspicuous left wing bias, the BBC always denies it and insists that it’s a completely impartial source of news and opinion.

        Successive Tory governments criticised by the BBC over many years, could have done something about this. None has done so. Why do you think nothing has been done?

        • Shazza

          Really, I have no idea. I can only surmise that they fear the power of the BBC.

          The BBC is just a giant bully and like bullies all over the world, they are cowards. We just need someone in Government who has the cojones to take them on – I won’t hold my breath.

          • jb

            It would be nice to believe that all bullies are cowards but unfortunately it’s just not true

          • Shazza

            They are.

        • Owen_Morgan

          The Beebyanka technique for denying accusations of bias was developed in the early Eighties. When one side complains of bias, you wave a bunch of letters, purporting to be reports of bias made by the other side and piously proclaim, “Clearly, we are doing something right. Move along, please.”

          The opportunities for rigging this are blindingly obvious. Corbyn’s people, like Foot’s and Kinnock’s and Miliband’s before, endlessly whinge, in defiance of all evidence, that their man isn’t getting a fair hearing and the Beeboids are only too happy to compensate.

          As for why Conservative governments never take action when in a position to do so, that is partly a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, but also an indictment of the invertebrate nature of the last few Conservative Prime Ministers. After all, Cameron and May spent most of their careers parroting things that Beeboids wanted to hear. They didn’t get any gratitude for it, because they were still hated Tories, but, having signed up to Brussels, hug-a-jihadi, global warming and all the Beebyanka’s other untreated sewage, they couldn’t really complain when the Beeboids continued to splurge that stuff.

      • ReefKnot

        Agreed, but nothing will happen. HMG don’t have the spine for it.

    • Great Briton

      Unfortunately law abiding citizens have no way to avoid paying for the BBC.
      There should be an option to pay a reduced tv licence if you don’t want the BBC in your life

  • MorganCourtenay

    Which is why I visit TCW to find out what the mainstream media isn’t telling me. No surprises here at all. Brava Andrea Leadsom, for calling on the British public to stand together after the referendum result and move forward to get the best deal for our country! The real Soviets are the ones who refuse to accept the referendum result a year later, and refuse to accept the General Election Result just two weeks ago! Corbyn says we must “force an early election”– in other words, force the British public into another political debacle so they’ll vote the way he wants them to vote. Oh– and did you really expect the BBC to acknowledge hard-left anti-Semitism? For real? Didn’t you know the only racists are Brexiteers?

  • Jolly Roger

    I find my respect for John Simpson diminished by his intemperate claim that the year since the EU referendum is worse than 1944.

    He was certainly brave to have reported from Iran after the revolution. However, he should know from his own experience of reporting that being part of events, being inside history in the making, is by its nature one of uncertainty. Reportage is such that the meaning of the events cannot be determined.

    The same uncertainty was experienced by those involved in the Great War, as Henry Scott Holland recorded in his observations, As By Fire. Scott Holland made a distinction between two sorts of history; one you were inside of and the other one you were outside of.

    The latter can be seen in the recent excellent history books by Adam Tooze and Robert Tombs, where events are laid out in a sequence and a meaning placed on them. This is wholly unlike how these events were experienced by those living through them; not one of whom would have experienced them all.

    This uncertainty would have been especially acute for Britain in late 1940/early 1941, rather than in 1944, but is difficult for us to conceive today; though it makes Churchill’s instinctive resolve to resist Germany in late 1940 all the more remarkable.

    Therefore, the uncertainty of Brexit is just that of being inside history.

  • Liberanos

    The BBC is required to be impartial…except in times of exceptional national import, when it is expected to favour the legal government view. The legal government view on leaving the EU is the proposition which the nation decided by referendum. Yet the BBC gives equal…or even more… support to the opposite view.

    • lizmilton

      I understand the BBC gets millions every year from the EU…I believe the Spectator commented on this a while ago…

  • Ozfan

    I’ve also noticed the increase in anti Brexit propaganda. I didn’t think it possible, but it has increased. Also the anti Tory propaganda and now Corbyn worship. The BBC should be sold off , but that deservedly forgotten PM Cameron lost the plot and gave it a 10 year charter. The license fee is now a forced subscription to a political organization – there must be laws against that!
    The BBC was anti Corbyn until a few months ago. Beeb clearly was of the Blairist mindset. But the Corbynistas/Momentum mounted a very abusive and hard hitting campaign against the Beeb. It worked!
    The BBC is a cowardly, neurotic, poorly managed organization. I wish the Tories would coordinate a harder push back rather than, e.g., leaving Leadsom on her own to snap.

    • ReefKnot

      If history is anything to go by the Government will do absolutely nothing about it. They haven’t done so far and seem quite willing to let HMS Bias sail serenely on.
      They could at least make non- payment of the licence fee a civil not a criminal offence if they are not prepared to abolish it altogether. But they won’t even do that. I doubt they are even capable of a coordinated and sustained push back against the BBC.
      And the BBC know it.

    • lizmilton

      You might like to have a look at
      http://www.globalresearch.ca

      And search “BBC lies”…there are pages and pages and pages of them.Check it out for yourself.

      If you look at thetruthseeker.co.uk

      You will see the video footage the BBC has removed from their site, showing WTC 7 clearly visible over her shoulder as the reporter tells of its collapse…
      which happens as she is talking…remarkable second sight, don’t you think?

      The same site has info on the Jo Cox murder timeline which is worth looking at…

    • It’s gotten rather horrid. I mostly listen to BBC Local, which of course with the time difference means that the evening is BBC 5 (I think) overnight news. This week was bad enough that I gave up, and listened to US country stations, which I usually avoid. Too much is just too much, I just can’t see how anybody can buy this claptrap when the truth is readily available, not to mention obvious from one’s own observation.

      • Ozfan

        While you listen to BBC overnight in the USA, I often to listen to Fox News Hannity Encore from UK!
        You can tell from this and other websites, that many don’t buy the BBC’s claptrap. The problem is that the BBC has been allowed to bloat and grow so big that it dominates the UK news provided by national and local radio, national TV and has a well funded website.
        The license fee continues to increase despite that the BBC has given buying the expensive sports events and that the UK population is growing like topsy. So BBC continues to grow through license fee and through population growth while services decrease, meaning ever more well paid BBC employees and pundits giving us the benefit of their Londoncentric world views.

        • Yeah, I’ve noticed, and good for you. But then we don’t believe ours either, which is why guys like me are here. Funny thing is, BBC Local (usually Norfolk, in my case) is nostalgic for me, it’s rather like an American station from maybe 30 years ago, with a fair amount of local stuff, ours are all satellite fed now, with perhaps some local news and weather, and that’s about it.

          Hannity’s shilling for Trump, whom I support) wore me out last year, and Fox is drifting leftwards after Ailes left, but it’s the only game in town, so most of us watch it too. Do try to catch Tucker Carlson though, he’s a breath of fresh air.

        • Mojo

          We stopped listening to BBC new four years ago because we have family in Asia and New Zealand so listening to BBC they themselves were appalled by the obvious bias. However, since the referendum we have stopped watching and listening to BBC altogether. We watch RT.com regularly and we look across the Internet for our news. We do not miss the nasty, negative BBC at all. In fact we found our lives were no longer filled with anxiety.

  • Past history has shown that we when we have a shortage of labour for agriculture, inventions come to the fore and, whilst there may be a blip, the problem sorts itself out. Steam tractors replaced the horse drawn plough at the time of the industrial revolution and workers were moving to towns; in the US they invented mechanical cotton pickers and of course the enormous combine harvesters once they could no longer have slaves on the land.
    Inventions are made generally only if there is a need; given no immigrant labour, I suspect it would not be long before we have machines to pick soft fruit or other produce now picked by hand.
    Do the BBC really think that this country who’s engineers build railways all round the world, miles from home under arduous circumstances, couldn’t cope with the task of fruit or vegetable picking if there was a demand?

    • You know, here in America we have another solution. Want strawberries and such a little cheaper? We’ve got berry farms that don’t harvest hardly at all. You, the consumer go there, with a pail or some other container and guess what? You pick your own. You get the freshest possible fruit, and a nice day in the country. Win-win. And the farmer saves a bunch of labor money, so he wins too.

      Speaking of your railways – and I’m not denigrating your engineers, merely curious. Why is it that 80 degree weather or the wrong kind of snow shuts them down. Ours, mostly freight, but passenger as well, routinely run through deserts well over 100 degrees, and around a foot of most any snow. Just seems strange, and I haven’t heard a good answer.

      • We have pick your own, or at least we did but I suspect it is dying out because of the Health and Safety fanatisists and our courts. Someone tripped over a rabbit hole and broke their ankle!
        The only suggestion about the railways is that the continuously welded rails give expansion problems, and they ran through snow leaves and other minor obstructions because they had locomotives engines at the head which flattened all before them. The US diesels also look pretty weight affairs! Now, except for freight, most trains seem to be lightweight multiple units.

        • Yeah, I wondered about that problem. health and Safety (or our OSHA) can, and does, do the stupidest things, and often.

          Yep, expansion has to be accommodated, most of ours are now panel track, where they build around a mile, rails and ties (sleepers, to you) and change it out that way. Makes the change out very fast, and they salvage off line then. True most of our freight have some like 20,000 hp of power distributed front and rear, and except for the NE corridor (which is mixed) our passenger stuff is probably about 10,000 hp as well, with heavier cars. Don’t know what they weigh (and too lazy to look it up) but 7500 hp and generator isn’t light, by any means.

          NE corridor is probably best comparison though, it’s about the size and configuration, Boston to DC, with a branch to Harrisburg, and while Acelas are pretty light, most are still conventional train sets. So likely you’re right, it just seems strange in the country that pioneered the all weather railway.

  • UmUmUmUmUmUm

    I hope that one day a genuinely conservative administration will finally summon up the guts to dismember the BBC and take away it’s charter. It is now the home of lies and distortion and openly presents itself as the propaganda arm of the Marxist left.

    • It takes more guts to appoint an independent journalist to ADHERE to the charter (thus prevent lies and distortion) rather than bin it.

  • Ozfan

    The truth is that the UK has an indecently strong hand in the Brexit negotiations. The RemainBBC knows this and their role is to try to weaken this hand. I call it RemainBBC deliberately because there is clearly a coordinated campaign to undermine Brexit by an Elite for which BBC is the media arm. The strategy is set by a group of pro Remain MPs, ex-MPs like Blair, globalists like Branson and Goldman Sachs (including Carney) and, of course, the EU itself.
    Remember these 3 points:
    1. UK is large net contributor to the EU. We can cut this off tomorrow. The EU lifestyle would crash. UK can surely use this as a lever to agree free trade arrangements.
    – RemainBBC strategy: Say 350 million a week contribution was a lie. Fear monger about a huge nonsensical “divorce” bill.
    2. There are at least 3 times as many EU nationals in UK than UK citizens in the EU. The EU nationals remit billions to their EU homes. UK should be able to negotiate reciprocal residential arrangements PLUS something extra from EU!
    – RemainBBC strategy: use all sorts of moral high ground hyperbole to pressure the Govt. to just give this up for nothing. Which seems to be working.
    3. The EU sells far more to UK than UK sells to EU. Trade barriers and tariffs would hurt EU overall, and certain areas very hard. The EU has few other options, whereas UK can more nimbly trade elsewhere or lower corporation taxes etc.. Everyone knows this. In fact if UK ever does leave and gets better trade deals elsewhere then certain areas of EU could be very hard hit. So getting a good free trade deal should be possible. If it’s not, then no biggie, we transition to WTO.
    – RemainBBC strategy: all sorts of fear mongering about “falling off a cliff” and “hard brexit”.

    • I always find it wrong that so many of our MPs appear to have far more concern for EU nationals living in this country that they do for UK citizens living in the EU.
      Mrs May’s strategy that they can come and live in this country if our citizens can live under the same terms in the EU is more than fair considering the disparity in numbers, particularly when it comes to benefits.

      • PAD

        And what no-one in the MSM or govt are saying is that many MILLIONS of eu migrants are piled into I country..the UK.
        whereas the many fewer MILLIONS of UK emigrants are spread through many countries of the EU.

        • Exactly, and the EU has the gall to demand more and complete freedom of movement. We should have asked for far more, parity of numbers as a start. Also no benefits until they have been here at least five years and paid taxes.

        • anna

          Moreover, benefits paid in the UK have a much, much higher buying power in Eastern Europe. A well-educated Eastern European with several children at home can afford to take a minimum wage job as his hourly rate including benefits will be far higher than that earned by, say, a local kid just out of school.

          • PAD

            It gets worse. . Just today T.May promised that of the numerous immigrants living here(for 5years ) who have children abroad retainALL benefits&access to services(NHS etc )..plus child allowance for children living in their country of origin…FOREVER MORE.
            And STILL the EU apparatchiks are dissatisfied.
            Of course they have Corbyn ontheir side loudly slating the Prime Minister for using people as bargaining chips..woth all thats happening,these are parlous times..

        • anna

          Also, many EU-resident Brits are pensioners who are not competing with locals for jobs but whose spending power contributes to the local economy. We have absorbed many workers from EU countries with high unemployment rates whose remittances prop up the economies of their home countries, and whose presence places a huge strain on public services.

    • I agree, and said so before the referendum. And about those trade deals, we’re here, and simply waiting for you, so are others. And I note that we simply gave up on an EU deal, we ain’t going there. Yeah, I know, we are big, scary, and frighten the left, well, like our Marine’s say, “No better friend, no worse enemy”.

    • Great Briton

      Join my Day of Inaction.
      October 18th

  • Groan

    Seasonal jobs. In my youth frequently done by young people who were students of various sorts. I find it strange, hypocritical and funny that the left are so “racist” to presume that short term, low paid, poor working conditions jobs; are just fine and a good thing if done by jonnie foreigner. But of course are evil if done to British workers. And being seasonal are very much part of the “gig economy” another evil for the left, unless it seems the workers are Romanians etc.
    Pretty clearly “racists” and capitalist, you’d think the lefties would cheer on the growers if they found ways to do such work by robot.

    • Lagopus scotica

      I suspect that our young people not taking these jobs is yet another downside of the minimum wage/ living wage nonsense.

      • Rob

        sorry disagree, I put it down to two things

        1. the idea put into every young person head.. you can earn very high salaries.. or you don’t have to do dirty work( its for plebs), plus the push by feminists moaning that women don’t get high paying jobs( never mind the need for experience and talent ), you know the kind of job whereby a broken fingernail is the most amount of physical work required.
        2. the welfare system is very inefficient and incapable of responding fast enough to allow young people to do these jobs even for a short period and easily carry on claiming when the job stops. Every change is a “war and peace” herculean effect for the system to adjust( which is why I think the welfare system wonderful as it is can trap people). this is something that seriously needs to reform especially in the gig economy. Universal credit was supposed to address this issue, I think its good in concept but like so many of the DWP s policies- crap implementation.

        • Lagopus scotica

          You are right that these also contribute, especially the first point.

          However, as an employer, would you rather pay cash to a cheaper European or have UK staff either as casuals who need to have their wages reported daily to HMRC or go on payroll? Both very bureaucratic and involve the minimum wage, pricing people out of the market.

          • Rob

            Payrolll.

            cash maybe a lovely idea, but unless you are a big company ( not an SME) you are tempting fate with HMRC. If you pay a tradesmen in cash to work on your house you are inevitably enabling or colluding with that tradesmens to evade any taxes required on their part and for which HMRC have in the past pointed out – its break the rules so your risk..

            We ain’t all Vodafone/ starbucks etc who can knowingly evade and bribe the taxman ( yes I used the word bribe).

            I’ve lived all over and have paid taxes ranging from zilch to 90%. no one least of all me like paying taxes, but its a fact of life. my only concern is not so much collecting them ( apart from fair collection from all) but how they are spent.

            in working all over the place I have seen how cheap labour can undermine an economy, its ain’t pretty.

            undermine the local labour market with dirt cheap labour and then you wonder there is so much pressure to push up the min wage to get people off benefits. Every employer wants to play the cheap labour game so long as not too many are doing it, but when they do, they find that the financial pressure comes back to them to compensate for their behavior.

          • Lagopus scotica

            I take your point about cheap labour undermining economies, eg the offshoring of textiles to cheap labour countries (now starting to change as technology removes the need for a lot of labour). It’s slightly different with agriculture as labour comes to the farm, rather than a factory being moved abroad.

            My point is that if you don’t have a minimum wage then locals are less likely to be priced out of this type of job market (as long as the locals don’t think it’s beneath them, as you said earlier).

  • Great Briton

    The Government has only itself to blame because it has allowed the BBC to contravene it’s charter for years without penalty.
    I’m setting up a day of inaction to let the BBC know how the silent majority feel.
    On the 18th October the BBC will be 95 years old.
    If you don’t agree with the bias on the BBC, all you have to do is either not listen or don’t watch any of its broadcasts.
    Hopefully 17 Million people switching off will register somewhere deep in Broadcasting House.

    • PAD

      Count me in..

  • Rob

    Perhaps the BBC would like to do some decent research which would show where the fruit pickers( and indeed any vegetable pickers as well ) were coming from?

    the traditional sources of labour from the eastern part of the EU were drying up as they had found better paying work and their replacements?

    new “agricultural students” from India who were being brought in by employers applying to the Home Office for visas for these “Students”. So Brexit is pretty irrelevant.

    Funny enough .. it was the BBCs own today program that broadcast that 2015….

    Or how about one further example when evan davies interviewed farmers( about 2015) in East Anglia asking them if they would take on Brits to do the fruit and veg picking( the farmers said no way). When asked what would they do if the cheap labour from the EU dried up? “Automate” was the reply, so again strike two against the sensationalism BBC.

    Amazing how the BBC seem to be contradicting themselves in their quest to be ..??

    what the heck does the BBC want to be? the all knowing sage?

    I think its time for the BBC to lose its charter as it quite clearly can’t perform without impartiality.

  • worrywort

    The amazing thing I occasionally see on facebook (I Joined recently). Is some followers of our new Messiah Think the BBC is too right wing. Unbelievable.

    • Ozfan

      I’ll accept that the BBC is not yet fully MarxistLeninist (although there are some).

    • John Shakespeare

      Yes, it makes me gasp whenever I see the BBC accused of being right wing on FB and Twitter.

  • John Shakespeare

    And just an hour or so ago, Martha Kearney, on reporting the government’s deal with the DUP, gloatingly repeated a considerable chunk of Major’s previously broadcast Remoaner rant, followed by (yes, again, does he live in an apartment at the BBC?) a lengthy, friendly interview with crumbly Heseltine. This was on the grounds that ‘not all Conservatives agree with the DUP deal.’ Finally a rather hostile, continuously interrupted, but relatively short grilling of Damien Green. More BBC balance.

    • Alberto

      John Major, the man who lost the UK taxpayer £3.3 billion for his love of the EU.